OK you guys woke me up and you are full of humor.
I will trow out a topic.
What if you wanted to make your own telescope? Where would you find low
cost high quality lens or mirrors? Would you consider making the optics
by casting materials in a plastic membrane or spend the dollars to buy
them. Is there any military or other surplus worth considering?
I have a small ranch so away from city a bit and lots of room. I can
weld and have the equipment needed. I have access to large diameter used
steel pipe of most sizes at reasonable cost. I found this link on the
web while typing this posting and it took me away for a bit. Will have
to spend more time here too:
I could build it on a trailer so I could take it to star parties or I
could build a fixed installation.
Also have the ability and motors needed to build a tracking system.
This is something I have been thinking of doing for some time and it
will be a long term project.
I have Solidworks 3D software. So as ideas develop I can make a detailed
design. Also have optical simulation software to test ideas.
Questions that will likly come:
What will it be used for?
What is the budget if any?
On Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 20:42, Xavier Naldo <xm4nfedoralinux(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I signed up for this SIG way back when...I dont know when....but I am eager
> to try to get things going with this SIG.
Excellent! I'm not sure where things are but a good first step would
probably be to review the four pages of packages on the main SIG
page and find out if these lists are current. I know there used to be
a spin for Astronomy. Maybe I can get some guidance from Clint, or
someone else here, on how to put that together and we can have that
rolled out for F15.